Daniel Dubois is just over a week away from the toughest test of his professional career, but he is already visualising an even bigger dream.
The 23-year-old Greenwich man is seen by many experts as the future of the heavyweight division after destroying everything in his path en route to a 15-0 professional record.
On Saturday November 28, ‘Dynamite’ faces another unbeaten British star in Joe Joyce (11-0), and he knows that a victory could yet see him heading next to a world-title shot.
Dubois is currently ranked number 2 by the WBO, and should champion Anthony Joshua give up the title to chase a showdown with Tyson Fury, Daniel could end up facing top-ranked Oleksandr Usyk for the vacant strap.
Usyk is a slick and skilful boxer, one of the best out there. But the Ukranian maestro (18-0) holds no fears for Dubois.
“I’d definitely take that on. It’s another big challenge and another big exciting fight. He’s a talented boxer with a good boxing brain and good all round movement.”
‘Dynamite’ believes he has what it takes to counter Usyk’s skills, namely: “My athleticism, my speed, my youth and my power. All that put together.”
As for Joshua, Dubois believes it will take somebody “young and hungry” to depose the reigning IBF, WBA and WBO king. When pressed further he laughed and responded “me next!”.
Before that world-title talk can become reality, Dubois must first deal with Joyce. It will be no easy task against a vastly experienced 35-year-old opponent who enjoyed a stellar amateur career. One which included an Olympic super-heavyweight silver medal in Rio in 2016.
Dubois however is convinced that despite his youth, he has the answers to any questions posed by ‘The Juggernaut’. His record so far would seem to back that up, as do the latest odds. Dubois is Sky Bet’s 1-4 favourite with Joyce a 3-1 shot.
“Whatever he does I’ve got an answer for it. If he tries to move in and fight me that’ll be better for me, that’s what I want, but if he tries to box I can do that too. I’m not worried about what he’ll try and do.”
And when asked for a prediction ahead of the November 28 blockbuster (live on BT Sport), the answer was as simple as it was chilling.
“A knockout. A devastating finish.”